A hike that takes you to the minehead and tunnels of the old #9 mine. 1-2 hours to get to the top.
This mine closed in January of 1958 when Crows Nest Pass Coal Company ceased operations at the Elk River Colliery. 284 men lost their jobs in the three mines along Coal Creek due to declining coal markets and the company’s decision to continue with the Michel Colliery instead. The company had carried out large-scale coal mining along Coal Creek since 1897.
At the site you can see the old tunnels (blocked by cave-ins) that were driven into #9 seam and ruins of the ventilation fans, electric hoist and retarding conveyor buildings that hauled coal out of the mine and to the preparation plant down the mountainside.
In 1950 the #9 mine purchased the first underground diesel locomotive (100 hp) to be used in any mine in British Columbia.
This contributed to hauling coal from the mine that was producing 500 tons per day with 104 men. Severe geological complications restricted development and mining was reduced to extracting coal pillars and was nearing completion in 1957.
Safety note: You are in bear country, so bear spray is advised.
Head about 7 km up Coal Creek Road, past the rifle range, taking the right fork across the Coal Creek Bridge and go another 1.3 km to the #9 Mine Road. This road can be driven for about 1 km with a truck but then narrows to a single-track.
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More Stats for Elk River Colliery #9 Mine (HIKING ONLY) mountain bike trail
Altitude change832 ft
Altitude min3,840 ft
Altitude start3,840 ft
Altitude end4,672 ft
Distance climb1 miles
Distance down4,066 ft
Distance flat1,560 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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